Definition for leaving (2 of 3)
verb (used with object), left, leav·ing.
verb (used without object), left, leav·ing.
- to desist from; cease; stop; abandon.
- to stop using or wearing: It had stopped raining, so we left off our coats.
- to omit: to leave a name off a list.
Origin of leave1
SYNONYMS FOR leave
Related formsleav·er, noun
Other substitutions of leave for let are generally regarded as nonstandard: Let (not Leave ) us sit down and talk this over. Let (not Leave ) her do it her own way. The police wouldn't let (not leave ) us cross the barriers. See also let1.
Definition for leaving (3 of 3)
verb (used without object), leaved, leav·ing.
Origin of leave3
Examples from the Web for leaving
On Dec. 22, 1799, Sands told her cousins that she would be leaving to elope with a fellow boarder named Levi Weeks that night.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The result is that drone operators are leaving the Air Force in droves.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says|Dave Majumdar|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Will he go for the schoolteacher and abandon the family, leaving behind his smashing dinner suits?
Because of this, the peacekeeping forces have been blocking Muslims from leaving on envoys out of the country.
It drains your body of nutrients and vitamins, attacking the central nervous system and leaving you in a dehydrated, hazy state.
Suppose your stepfather should consent to your leaving home?Making His Way|Horatio Alger, Jr.
Tobias had seemed impressed, and promised his answer in the morning, leaving her to sleep—with a sentry at her cabin door.Pieces of Eight|Richard le Gallienne
Porcelain bath tubs and running hot water were found in Hongkong, the first we noted since leaving South Africa.Seven Legs Across the Seas|Samuel Murray
They will continue to feed until every vestige of the tubers is eaten, leaving the ground in a fine condition for replanting.The Hawaiian Islands|The Department of Foreign Affairs
She fluttered off, doing the wounded-bird trick, leaving behind her an egg and a newly hatched chick.A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open|Theodore Roosevelt
British Dictionary definitions for leaving (1 of 3)
verb leaves, leaving or left (mainly tr)
- Also: let alone See let 1 (def. 7)
- to permit to stay or be alone
Derived Formsleaver, noun
Word Origin for leave
British Dictionary definitions for leaving (2 of 3)
Word Origin for leave
British Dictionary definitions for leaving (3 of 3)
verb leaves, leaving or leaved
Idioms and Phrases with leaving
In addition to the idioms beginning with leave
- leave a bad taste in one's mouth
- leave alone
- leave a lot to be desired
- leave flat
- leave hanging
- leave holding the bag
- leave in the lurch
- leave no stone unturned
- leave off
- leave one cold
- leave open
- leave out
- leave out in the cold
- leave out of account
- leave someone alone
- leave someone in peace
- leave someone in the lurch
- leave someone to his or her resources
- leave the door open
- leave to someone's own devices
- leave to someone's tender mercies
- leave well enough alone
- leave without a leg to stand on
- leave word
- absent without leave
- (leave) high and dry
- (leave) out in the cold
- take it or leave it
- take leave of
- take one's leave
Also see underlet.